Sunday, 29 August 2010

Al-Bashir attended Jamia Mosque prayers

As international outcry continued over a visit by indicted Sudanese leader to Kenya on 27 August, this blog can now report that Omar al-Bashir attended Friday prayers at a mosque in central Nairobi.

President Al-Bashir attended Jamia Mosque Friday prayes after earlier attending an event in central Nairobi where the east African nation was adopting a new constitution.

Bashir at the Kenyan ceremony
Al-Bashir was accompanied to the mosque by the president of Comoros, Ahmed Abdallah Mohamed Sambi and Kenya's Tourism Minister Najiob Balala. After the prayers, a Jamia Mosque speaker announced that Al-Bashir had been among them at the prayers. (Earlier while arriving for the constitution gala at Uhuru Park, Al-Bashir was accompanied by Balala)

The Sudanese leader used the entrence to the right of the mosque, next to Al-Yusura hotel, to access the mosque. 

Around the mosque, there were unusually several police officers.

Nairobi Jamia Mosque
After the Uhuru Park celebration, dignitaries who were attending the event went to Nairobi state house for a luncheon. It is still unclear whether Al-Bashir attended the luncheon. He is a Muslim and has been fasting during the holy month of Ramadan.

(A statement issued by the president Press Service late on 27 August said the launcheon was attended by Presidents Yoweri Museveni of Uganda, Paul Kagame of Rwanda, Umar al-Bashir of Sudan, Ahmed Abdalla Sambi of the United Republic of Comoros, Zanzibar’s President Amani Abeid Karume, several retired haeds of State and former UN chief Koffi Annan)

Watch out for next week's edition of Friday Bulletin, a newsletter published by the Mosque, whether it will mention the details of the visit by Al-Bashir to the mosque.

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